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It’s been a while since we posted in the Marketing category for all of you who are following our marketing endeavours regarding Chef Master.

Well, seeing that we have already optimized our site correctly (to the best of our knowledge) in order to address our target market made up of people looking for recipe software, we were a little bit dissatisfied with our best ranking of page 4 in google.com

Sure, rankings vary all the time but we never seemed to be able to go higher than page 4 and so we decided to hire professionals and see if they can help.

At this point, we decided to go with a company called Clearpath Technology and we are excited about this new partnership. I am looking forward to seeing if their techniques will help improve our rankings and we’ll post back letting you all know about their progress.

 

 

Food Fight in Chef Master

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Recipe Software, Chef Master

Have you ever had a food fight in a recipe software before ? Probably not. The question is, would you like to ?

As Chef Master is a recipe software based on a community of users, we were thinking of introducing a “fun” new feature in the form of a food fight right inside Chef Master!

Here’s how it would work: Chef Master would tell you at all times what users are online and so you could challenge a user to a food fight. Certainly, users would have the option of opting whether they would like to be informed when someone would would challenge them. If they would agree, a small game of food fight would start in Chef Master. Both users would be represented by chefs and they would be able to throw various food items at each other keeping score of who would win.

The neat part of it is that Chef Master would have you “throw” at your opponent ingredients that you actually have laying around in your house since there is already a way to let know Chef Master what  ingredients you have. Hopefully you are already using this neat feature to get idea of what to cook.

Would it be a fun thing to do from time to time ? Let us know if we should include this feature in our next release.

Anguilla Beef and Pineapple Kebas

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Here’s an interesting recipe brought to you by the international recipe software, Chef Master.

Anguilla Beef and Pineapple Kebas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

 

 INGREDIENTS 

  • 1/4 tsp pepper,
  • 1 Tbsp molasses,
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp pineapple juice,
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar,
  • 1 Tbsp oil,
  • 1 lbs round steak,
  • 1/2 tsp salt,
  • 3 pcs tomato,
  • 2 pcs onion,
  • 1 pcs green bell pepper,
  • 12 pcs pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
  • 1 pcs clove garlic, minced

DIRECTIONS

1) Make the marinade; put the molasses, pineapple juice, vinegar, and oil in a bowl and mix well.

2) Add garlic, salt, and pepper.

3) Cut steak into 1 inch cubes and add the marinade. Cover and leave in a cool places for at least one hour.

4) Remove the steak and reserve the marinade for basting the kebabs.

5) Cut the tomatoes into quarters,

6) Peel the onions and cut them into small chunks.

7) Remove the ribs and seed from the green pepper and cut into squares.

8 ) Thread steak, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and pineapple chunks alternately on to a 4 long or 8 short skewers.

9) Brush skewers with marinade.

10) Cook under a hot broiler, or grill outside for approximately 10 minutes, turning frequently and basting often.

11) Serve with plain rice, or coconut rice.

Printed by Chef Master (C) Virtual Eagle, http://www.e-foodrecipes.com

Recipe Software on WP7

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We are working hard on our next version of Chef Master. Based on the feedback we received from you, we are planning on including exciting new features in the upcoming version of our recipe software as well as extending it to mobile devices.

However, since we don’t know if you guys would be interested in seeing it running on your phone, we are conducting a quick survey to ask you if you would be interested in seeing Chef Master running on Windows Phone 7.

The mobile version of Chef Master would feature:

- ability to synch recipes from desktop to your WP7 device

- ability to generate a shopping list

- ability to take pictures of your favourite dishes and embed them in recipes you create

- ability to share recipes straight from your WP7 phone

Please let us know what you think.

Marius

 

Chef Master – The International Recipe Software is Unique

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Dear Readers,

I think it is important to re-iterate why we chose to design Chef Master the way we did. Most people would maybe expect a recipe software to be just a plain, old, boring, unoriginal database. That’s because this is what they’ve seen on the market up to this point: the same ol’  MS Word look-alike UI’s. In fact, just because this had been the norm up to the release of Chef Master, one may be surprised to see that Chef Master took a different approach.

 Indeed, we wanted to go away from the concept of just a plain database showing its data through a boring, cloned UI to something a lot more fun.  As such, Chef Master is NOT a “database software”. Chef Master is an international recipe software that lets the user access recipes from around the world in a fun and easy way. Sure, the user may store his or her own recipes and categorize them via various available criteria so it may be used as a personal “database” of recipes as well. However, that does not mean Chef Master is just a plain database engine.

In fact, Chef Master is a lot more than that: it gets new recipes automatically from our servers which means that Chef Master is smart enough to go beyond the local “database”. Moreover, it automatically provides the user with cooking ideas based on their preferences and can even tell if you have enough of a certain ingredient in order to cook a particular recipe!

The UI is designed in such a way that it is easy and fun to use. The animated assistant located on the upper-left hand corner of the screen continuously provides hints on how to use features of the current screen that the user is on. As such, the user is constantly informed on how to use various features of the software although most screens are just plain intuitive. Furthermore, the UI is graphically intensive and so goes away from the word processing UI’s that certain people may think should be the norm.

A Word About the Chef Master Search Screen

We put a lot of effort  in this search screen: it allows a user to search a recipe  containing ANY number of ingredients (as opposed to other recipe  software that limits you to a certain number of ingredients) AND  allows you to combine other search criteria as well that include,  but are not limited to, recipe categories, time of cooking,  difficulty, any number of countries, recipes that do not include  ingredients listed as allergies, and ingredients that are on hand.

Search criteria are simply selected by a double click and then  confirmed by pressing a single button. Combining such search  criteria is far more advanced than a mere google search that knows  nothing about a user’s allergies or available ingredient quantities  on hand.

 An example of using our search system may be found here:

http://www.e-foodrecipes.com/blog/?p=210

 

A Word About Ingredient Classes

The ingredient class is used to allow a user to add/subtract volume measures to/from weight measures. An example would be that the program allows subtracting or adding cups to pounds. Therefore, if a recipe calls for a certain number of cups of an ingredient, the program knows to update the weight quantity (such as pounds) in the user’s inventory once he/she cooks that recipe. The classes approximate volume measures to weight measures. Moreover, there are two main classes “Solid” and “Liquid” that anyone can use. The other classes are there just so that the user gets a better approximation on adding/subtracting volume to weight or vice-versa. If the user wants to add ingredients quickly they can always either choose “solid” or “liquid” for their ingredients.

 

We are always looking for ways of making it easier to use our recipe software so if you have any ideas, please let us know.

Thanks for reading.

Marius

New Features of our recipe software, Chef Master

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We finally have some initial feedback about our recipe software and are excited that we will shortly start working on its next version.

Based on the feedback we have from you, we decided to release a minor version update that will include the following features:

- a search bar on the main screen.

- shortcuts to ways of navigating recipes via the main screen (we will keep the world map but we will also add a shortcut to navigating recipes by categories; at the moment, navigation via categories is available through the recipe filter)

- recipe count

If you would like to see any other features in the our next release of Chef Master, please let us know. As always, we take your feedback into consideration and we hope that you will enjoy our next version of our recipe program, Chef Master.

Marius

Fancy Italian Recipe in under 30 Minutes

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Now that we have Chef Master as our favourite recipe software, let’s put it to the test again and see what it comes up with when we ask it to show us a top-rated italian recipe that we can cook in under 30 minutes and that contains the world’s favourite ingredient, chicken breast. :)

The first step to getting a cooking idea is of course firing up our recipe program Chef Master and accessing its filter screen to set up our desired criteria (click on image to enlarge).

 

Note how easy it is to tell Chef Master that we want an EASY-TO-COOK, TOP-RATED, UNDER 30 MINUTES, CHICKEN BREAST, ITALIAN RECIPE.  All this is done graphically through Chef Master’s friendly UI.

Pressing the “Next” button, we see that an italian recipe that matches our recipe criteria is “Balsamic Chicken”.

Sounds nice. Let’s see its details:

Here are all the details of this recipe so you too may enjoy it!

Balsamic Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 21 minutes 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 4 pcs chicken breast, boneless, skinless, halves
  • 2 tsp lemmon pepper seasoning,
  • 1 1/2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • 3/8 cup balsamic vinegar,
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth,
  • 2 pcs cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 tsp butter, minced
  • 0 oz cherry tomatoes, to taste
  • 0 oz parsley sprig, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1 On a hard surface with meat mallet, lightly pound chicken to 1/4-inch. To minimize the mess, place the breasts/tenders in a zipper-lock bag (unsealed) before pounding (if doing so, ONLY use a flat-surface mallet — not one with ridges).

2 Sprinkle lemon-pepper seasoning evenly on both sides of chicken. Press to adhere.

3 In a large frying pan, pour oil and heat to medium temperature.

4 Add chicken breasts and cook, turning once, about 7 minutes or until fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. If substituting tenders, cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side, or until done.

5 Remove chicken to warm serving platter (keep warm). In medium bowl, mix together vinegar, broth and garlic; add to frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat (scraping up brown meat bits) about 2-4 minutes or until mixture is reduced and syrupy.

6 Add butter; stir to melt.

7 Place chicken on serving dish and spoon sauce over chicken.

8 Garnish with parsley sprigs and cherry tomatoes.

Printed by Chef Master (C) Virtual Eagle, http://www.e-foodrecipes.com

Please try out our recipe software today so you too can find your favourite recipes easily!

Marius

 

Cooking Idea by our Recipe Software

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We thought it would be interesting to ask our recipe program a simple question: What fancy italian recipe could I make that is easy to cook, it contains chicken and is highly rated ?

For that, we started our recipe software’s magic filter instructing it to give us the recipe we are looking for.

Here is a screenshot of that (you may click the image to enlarge it):

Recipe Program Filter

 

As you can see to the right of the screen, we included all the criteria we are interested in. Anyway, after that, we wanted to see what it would come up with.

It came up with: “Chicken Fritta Florentine” shown below:

Italian Recipe

It’s actually impossible to see here the whole recipe because the instructions didn’t quite all fit into one screen. For the people interested in this recipe, here it is, exported as HTML by Chef Master.

Chicken Fritta Florentine

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg,
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice,
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil,
  • 5 2/3 oz fresh spinach, stems removed, cleaned & chopped
  • 1 cup red potatoes, peeled, cubed to hash brown size
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked chicken, 1/2 inch dice
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated,
  • 1/2 tsp zest of lemon,
  • 1 Tbsp butter,
  • 2 Tbsp sweet red pepper , 1/4 inch pieces for garnish
  • 2 pcs clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 pcs portabella mushrooms, gills removed, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 6 pcs egg,

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F.

2 Spray a non stick oven proof pan with vegetable oil and pan fry the potatoes until golden (10 minutes), remove from pan.

3 Add 1 tbsp butter and saute the chopped mushrooms for apprx 3 minutes, remove and add to the potatoes.

4 Saute the garlic over medium heat until aromatic add spinach and stir fry for 1 minute (until just wilted) add lemon juice & nutmeg.

5 Remove from the pan.

6 Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel.

7 Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then add potatoes, spinach, mushrooms & Chicken.

8 Mix well.

9 Over medium heat in the oven proof skillet melt 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp oil, when the pan is heated pour in the egg mixture and allow it cook undisturbed for 10 mintes or until the bottom is set – be careful not to burn the bottom.

10 Place the skillet into the preheated oven, middle rack and bake for 5 minutes, sprinkle on the Parmesan and continue baking for apprx 10 more minutes or until the top is firm and the cheese golden.

11 If necessary place under broiler to finish browning the cheese but be careful it doesn’t burn.

12 Just before serving sprinkle with the parsley and pepper oieces if using.

13 Let it rest 5 minutes then cut in wedges and serve.

14 Serve with a spicy hot sauce or chutney on the side. 

Printed by Chef Master (C) Virtual Eagle, http://www.e-foodrecipes.com

I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Marius

Chef Master Recipe Software Features

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Here’s a quick summary of our recipe program’s features:

- ability to automatically receive recipes from the other users of our recipe software

- easy and fun to use

- ability to scale recipes for any serving sizes you may wish

- support for both metric and the imperial systems

- ability to generate grocery lists based on the recipes you want to cook

- easy to use, powerful recipe filter

- export recipes as web pages

- ability to define allergies so that you are sure recipes presented to you are always allergy-free

- cook idea of the day tells you what you can cook with what you have in your fridge and contains your favourite ingredients

Now that we had a recap of the current features, let’s think about the future features. In fact, this is where we could really use your feedback. Thus, please write us or leave a comment here telling us what you would like to see in the future version of Chef Master.

What’s more important to you ? Nutritional analysis or meal planning ?

Let us know!

Marius

A cake

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… exported as HTML from Chef Master, our recipe program:

Savarina

Prep Time: <>

Cook Time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup water,
  • 1 tsp vanilla,
  • 1 Tbsp rum essence,
  • whipped cream, to taste
  • 1 tsp baking powder,
  • 13 Tbsp sugar,
  • 3 Tbsp flour,
  • 3 Tbsp bread crumbs, plain
  • 6 pcs egg, separated
  • strawberries, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Beat 6 egg whites. Mix in 3 tablespoons sugar. Beat 6 egg yolks with remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, vanilla, flour, and bread crumbs. Fold egg yolks mixture into egg whites mixture gently so as not to deflate. Bake in a lightly greased and floured cake pan for 30 minutes at 300F degrees.

SYRUP: In a saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Allow to cool and add rum essence (real rum may be sustituted).

Cool Savarina (you may freeze the cake to make it easier to handle but this is not required), cut crosswise through the center of the cake to make 2 separate layers.

Pour syrup on the bottom layer, then layer with strawberries. Replace the top layer and pour syrup over the top.

Top with whipped cream and garnish with strawberries.

Generated by  Chef Master (C) Virtual Eagle, http://www.e-foodrecipes.com

Enjoy. :)

Marius